Fittingly for this event, I was delighted to be invited by Gerry Proctor and the brilliant team at Engage to join a panel of superb Liverpool women (all colleagues and friends!) and an equally brilliant Leeds panel in a two-part, trans-Pennine conversation to consider how our respective cities could delight us.
Delivered virtually and in the confines of (the first) national lockdown, the conversation naturally considered a post-COVID future and what lessons we could take into that future from the extraordinary individual and collective actions and behaviours that the pandemic has necessitated.
It was great to spend an evening or two coming at things from such a positive angle in the middle of such difficult circumstances, and reassuring to hear panellists speak about diversity of representation, the power of collective action, community-led resilience and the restorative power of nature (including reconnecting with house plants!)
Many thanks to all for a great conversation, which I hope will continue – hands across the Pennines!
It was great to spend a year back in Manchester, based at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) at MIAHSC and working collaboratively with colleagues from the GM Mayor’s Office, GM Culture, GM Health & Social Care Partnership and Health Innovation Manchester to co-develop Greater Manchester’s response to the emerging national ‘Creative Health’ agenda.
There is so much phenomenal work going on across GM (and beyond!) at the various and critical points where culture and wellbeing intersect. It was a privilege to work with arts and health colleagues in revealing and celebrating their work for the forthcoming ‘GM Lives! GM Culture, Health & Wellbeing Study 2020’. It’s work, of course, that has since come into sharp focus with the onset of COVID-19.
It was also great to have the time to reflect on my PhD research and to further my work in exploring new metrics and ways of measuring the economy. At the start of my commission, I wrote some thoughts around that work – around matter and what matters – for the MIAHSC blog, here:
I was so pleased to be invited to lecture on ‘Open Innovation’ at the Basque Country Summer School 2018, in sunny San Sebastian. It was such a great experience to work with and learn from colleagues from the Basque Country’s Innovation team and the University of the Basque Country’s Agirre Centre, and in particular to find out more about Mondragon and social ownership models.
A short introductory video featuring my pidgin scouse/Spanish is available here:
It was a real pleasure for me to join Vaughan Allen, Chief Exec of Manchester’s City Co, as a featured guest on the ‘Cottonmouth MCR’ podcast and to chat about economics, inclusion, development and ‘A Fourth Way’.
It’s not often they feature scousers on these – think just me and Andy Burnham!
In late 2017, I was delighted to hear that my proposals around ‘A Fourth Way’ had been judged in the top 10 entrants for the global Indigo Prize. The prize had been launched to explore alternatives to GDP as a measure of economic success. Coming 6th was no mean feat given that my solo efforts landed ‘up there’ with the UoCambridge and UoManchester economics teams!
Sadly, I came just outside of the prize fund places – but was very pleased to be recognised and published in the top 10 collection.